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Our President is out of touch — the very flaw his sympathizers see in Mitt Romney.
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But Obama could make a greater effort to get to know the people he serves. Instead, he spends an inordinate amount of time raising money for himself. Obama has held more than 100 re-election fundraisers in the less than a year since he officially filed his candidacy for a second term with the Federal Election Commission on April 4, 2011.
And his free time is often spent relaxing on luxurious vacations, hosting elaborate state dinners, appearing on comedy talk shows or mingling with A-list celebrities at posh White House events, such as the recent concert there for Black History Month featuring Mick Jagger and B.B. King.
Obama has a well-known affinity for golf, a game that would seem to offer ample opportunity for socializing. Obama has golfed more than 100 times during his first term. But, according to the New York Times, his foursomes usually consist of the same small group of mid- to low-level West Wing staffers. Otherwise, as the Times reported in December, Obama is increasingly isolated, spending “his down time with a small-and shrinking-inner circle of aides and old friends.”
Obama’s inability to connect may seem trivial. But it surely hampers his capacity to tap into the empathy he insists informs so much of his agenda. Obama’s lack of connectedness may help explain his distant and then dysfunctional response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the deep unpopularity of some of his signature initiatives, such as Obamacare and the contraceptive mandate.
Obama once wrote that empathy “is at the heart of my moral code.” But, by insulating himself from most Americans, Obama can’t possibly develop or employ the empathy necessary to govern as a president for all Americans.
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